Patsy Carter, LHWL member Linda Casey and Pat Shannon

Pat Shannon hasn’t been to every Holiday in the Highlands home tour hosted by the Lake Highlands Women’s League over the last 41 years, but she’s attended quite a few since she moved to the neighborhood in 1964. On Friday, she wandered through this year’s homes with Patsy Carter, her White Rock Valley neighbor.

“It’s social, and it’s fun to see beautiful homes well done,” Shannon told me. “We get ideas, and it’s fun to go ‘ooh and ahh.’”

Shannon has picked up decorating tips for her own home over the decades, and this year she’s considering implementing the configuration of a bedroom in one house, where end tables were pushed together between twin beds.

“We’ll use that in our cabin,” said Shannon. “I think it will give our sleepers more space.”

Shannon and Carter enjoyed visiting with each other and with the many friends they encountered along the way.

“It does slow you down, though,” Shannon joked, “when you stop to talk to the people you know.”

You may view my photos from tour day here.

President Heather Haskins said sunny weather attracted big crowds for the tour and for the bazaar and luncheon that have become a neighborhood tradition.

“We are so grateful for the homeowners who are willing to share their gorgeous homes with our community so we can help send kids to college and distribute money to our area schools and nonprofits,” she said.

Members are celebrating the 50th year of LHWL, which distributed more than $200,000 last year.

Home Tour Chair Tammy Williams, LHWL President Heather Haskins and Home Tour Chair Tricia White

Tour day with friends

Principals Charmaine Curtis of TME, DeMarcus Goree-Watkins of FLA, Frank Patranella of Wallace, Pharah Hogan of MPE and Dr. Darwin Spiller, ED of the LHLC served as waiters at the home tour luncheon.